Citizens of the Kingdom

'Your kingdom come, your will be done.' Matthew 6:10 NKJV

A couple of hundred years ago, before the British and the French imposed national boundaries on Southeast Asia, the kings of Laos and Vietnam already agreed on who was Laotian and who was Vietnamese. Those who ate short-grain rice, built their houses on stilts and decorated their homes with Indian-style serpents were considered Laotians. Those who ate long-grain rice, built their houses on the ground, and decorated their homes Chinese-style were Vietnamese. The kings taxed the people accordingly so they had no need for boundaries. It was simple; each person belonged to the kingdom whose values they shared and whose king they honoured!

There are two very clear spiritual kingdoms too: (a) the kingdom of darkness, whose leader is Satan; and (b) the kingdom of light, with its leader God. Each kingdom has its own distinct values.

So, how are citizens of God's kingdom identified? Jesus describes their values in this way: (a) they aren't big-headed, (b) they live by God's priorities, (c) they're hungry and thirsty for more of God, (d) they show compassion to others, (e) they have a pure heart, (f) they are peacemakers, (g) they stay positive, even in hard times, (h) they know their reward is waiting for them (see Matthew 5:3-12).

So what now? Part of Jesus' model prayer for us says: 'Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven' (Matthew 6:10 NKJV). Here at Word For You Today we recommend you choose God's values each time, because each time you do, the world becomes a better place.

Soulfood: 1 Th 4-5 Mt 3:11-17 Ps 90:1-6 Pro 1:1-4,

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